February 8, 2023

The Government of Morocco attaches particular importance to the reform of the health sector in the light of the grand royal project for universal social protection and facilitating citizens’ access to health care in decent conditions. the revolution.”

In this context, Minister of Health and Welfare Khaled Ait Taleb, in an interview with Hespress e-newspaper, revealed the features of the new health sector reform through a new arsenal of laws and reforms that he believes will help create a new appeal for the health function to limit brain drain and medical personnel.

The Minister of Health denied reports that the state is raising a white flag in front of pharmaceutical companies in light of accusations against manufacturers refusing to reduce drug prices. In the same dialogue, he also spoke about his position on the blackmail that Moroccan patients are subjected to by private clinics regarding illegal practices such as “guarantee check” and “light saving”.

Drug shortages and the “corporate lobby”

Khaled Ait Taleb, Minister of Health and Social Protection, denied there was any shortage of thyroid drugs, stressing that Morocco currently has four million tablets of the drug in public hospitals and that its lack of availability in pharmacies is due to a failure to liquidate commercial relations between the distributor and pharmacists, especially at the end or beginning of the year.

Regarding the high prices of some medicines and the connivance of the state to the so-called “drug partner lobby”, Professor Ait Taleb explained that the state is making great efforts in this regard, which has led to a reduction in prices for about six thousand medicines, adding that the Ministry of Health, together with the advisory bureau, is conducting a study in which How can drug prices be reduced in Morocco?

The Minister of Health referred to global fluctuations in drug discontinuation rates and stressed that the state does not raise the white flag to manufacturers as some people advocate, adding that there is a collective approach to work for all, private and public sectors, in order to reduce the rate of return from medicine and finding opportunities to create generic drugs to provide medicines in the Moroccan market at reasonable prices.

Universalization of social protection

The Minister of Health and Social Protection considered that the elimination of social care workshops was not possible without the presence of a qualified hospital structure, citing the need for serious reforms after the healthcare system in Morocco became “saturated”, which meant that more could not be expected. and more positive needs from him.

Ait Taleb believes Morocco was too late to make any bold decisions after 50 years of wear and tear, accumulation of industry problems and massive shortages, before royal directives arrived confirming the need to end this affair and carry out a revolution. through new reforms that take into account the human resource and the Moroccan citizen.

Among the features of the new reform, the minister, guardian of the sector, mentioned the approval of a regional measure; Where each of the regions of the kingdom will manage its own medical workforce and provide training facilities to avoid pressure on the center and reduce the shortage, which today, according to the minister, reaches 32,000 doctors and 65,000 nurses.

In light of this dire shortage, Ait Taleb added, the idea was to reduce college education for undergraduates to six years, highlighting that Morocco and France are the only countries that continue to apply the 7-year education despite technological developments. teaching aids and pedagogy.

Morocco aims to raise the rate from 1.7 doctors per thousand people to 2.5 doctors per thousand people by the end of 2025, according to the Minister of Health, and in the next few years to bring it up to 4.2 doctors per thousand people, and this The indicator is one of the sustainable development goals recommended by the global health organization.

In response to questions from Hespress regarding the dire reality of some medical institutions, the Minister of Health emphasized that Morocco has the best hospitals and very modern equipment, refusing to frame the sector through an emergency that, he said, does not reflect the image of hospitals and advanced equipment, given that 80 percent of 100 emergency room arrivals are not in emergency care and thus contribute to confusion.

New wage system

The same government official revealed the features of a new draft law on the health profession, which is based on a new system of remuneration for medical workers, consisting of a fixed part of wages and compensations permitted by current legislation, and a variable part, which includes compensation for professional work performed, in addition to the revision of financial compensation for the current system of protection, compulsory service and maintenance.

The Minister of Health pointed out that in the seventies his social rank was third in society, and today it has dropped to rank 28, calling for a review of the legal status of doctors and nurses in order to limit the emigration of medical and paramedical personnel. abroad.

With regard to the controversy that has arisen over the adoption of a contract system in the industry, the minister stressed that it is about giving the territorial sanitary groups the opportunity to act as “contras” to perform certain specific services. As for employment in the healthcare sector, it will remain sharp at the regional level due to the central financial positions.

Nursing homes and extortion of the sick

Asked by Hespress about the extortion that Moroccan patients are subjected to in most private clinics such as security checks and Halas al-Noir, which is a clear violation of the law, Ait Taleb said he understands people’s complaints about these inappropriate actions.

He added that the law – the basis for the national health system, which followed the royal instructions, does not exclude the private sector and provides for the creation of a special department to manage the affairs of the private sector.

Among the approaches to overcome the problems facing private medicine in Morocco, the minister mentioned the issue of revising the outdated “basic tariff” that had not been updated since 1998, arguing that this leaves a void despite advances in medicine and technology. resources available to patients.

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